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History: New grazing lease policies discussed at SSGA convention

Reprinted from the July 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Hold Annual ConventionBy Grant MacEwan ‘In the final moments of the Fortieth Annual Convention, Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ Association, held at Shaunavon, James Michell, Battle Creek, was elected president to succeed F. L. Bettis, Maple Creek, who presided at the recent meetings. Ben Jahnke, Main Centre, became the first vice-president and John Minor, […] Read more

History: Arabian Horses Win Friends in Canada

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Arabian Horses Win Friends in Canada By Lenore Wilson In 1829, the number of horses in Arabia did not exceed 50,000, according to the writings of Burckhardt, an early authority. Sir Austin H. Layard, during his second expedition to Arabia in 1853, undertaken for the Trustees of the British Museum, commented this noble race of […] Read more


History: Horse Breeds Rise and Fall

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Horse Breeds Rise and FallBy Grant MacEwan ‘Horse breeds, like political doctrines and women’s clothes, feel all the fickle whims of public fancy. The draft breed with the largest number of registrations for all Canada in 1935 had the smallest number of registrations in 1952 and some breeds like Shire and Suffolk, that were still […] Read more



A team of young buffalo was driven in the 1925 Calgary Stampede Parade. Shown are: Driver Bert Bishoff and riders, left, Harry Shore, and right, Mickey Dirraine.

History: Hope Oliver Retires

Reprinted from the July 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hope Oliver RetiresBy M. M. Grimsen, Claresholm, Alta. ‘“I’ve made lots of branding fires but I’ve never made one like this,” remarked Hope Oliver to Mrs. Oliver as he lit a fire in the gas range in their home to which they have retired in Claresholm. Without doubt Mr. Oliver had made many branding fires […] Read more

History: Grassland Farming Pays

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Grassland Farming PaysBy A.L. O’Farrell, Piapot, Sask. ‘We are told that overgrazing of grasslands has been one of the main causes for the decline of ancient civilizations. Man has had some very pointed lessons on grassland farming so that slowly but inevitably it has been learned the through proper grassland management, feed and food supplies […] Read more


History: Hippus was Here, Part 3

Reprinted from the July 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hippus was Here, Final InstallmentBy Doreen Runciman ‘With reference to prehistoric remains, Colonel Hamilton Smith says: “What is most deserving of attention is the fact that while all the other genera and species found under the same conditions have ceased to exist, or have moved to higher temperatures, the horse alone has remained to the […] Read more

Hypohippus, the Forest Horse, preferred the low-lying marshy land.

History: Hippus was Here, Part 2

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hippus was Here, Part 2By Doreen Runciman ‘During the whole pre-historic time there were four main migrations of Hippus, in varying stages, from the western to the eastern hemisphere. Beginning in the days of Eohippus, they continued sporadically throughout the Tertiary Period until the final phase of the Pleistocene Epoch.’ Click here to read the […] Read more


Eohippus, the Dawn Age Horse.

History: Hippus was Here, Part 1

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hippus was Here, Part 1By Doreen Runciman ‘In the legendary land deal known as the Founding of New Mexico, the bronco steed is mentioned along with the centipede as among the population, but back in the days when history was being written in layers of rock, there was perhaps more similarity between the horse and […] Read more

History: William Melnyk’s Story

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

William Melnyk’s StoryBy Grant MacEwan ‘When the judging was completed at the big Edmonton Spring Show last month, no name among the scores of livestock exhibitors was more conspicuous than that of Melnyk. One Melnyk entry won the grand championship in Shorthorn bulls; a Melnyk calf was champion in the baby beef section and reserve […] Read more